How to Make Fabric Napkin Valances


Fabric napkin valances can be made with no sewing, and can be changed often. They are a good way to dress up your windows seasonally without having to change your entire window treatment. You can make fabric napkin valances as changeable or permanent as you like. They are usually found on less formal windows (kitchen or bathroom), but you can also dress them up with tassels, fringe, or buttons and use them on more formal windows. Just use your creativity, and have fun.

Things You'll Need

  • Curtain rod
  • Fabric napkins
  • Iron on hem tape
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Embellishments (tassels, fringe, buttons, etc.)

Make a Fabric Napkin Valance

  • Choose the fabric napkins. Be creative; try using different patterned and colored napkins together.

  • Determine how many napkins you need for your window design. Measure the curtain rod or remove the rod and lay the napkins on top.

  • Lay your napkins out in a diamond shape so they will form triangles when they are hanging. Overlap the napkins as you like, making the center napkin on top of all the others.

  • For an easy and changeable look, simply lay the napkins on your attached curtain rod so that the center of the napkin lays on the rod and a triangle hangs down on each side. To avoid having the backside show through to the front, make the front triangle slightly longer by hanging them a little off-center. With this method, you can change the napkins of the arrangement weekly. As long as a strong breeze doesn't blow through your window, the napkins will stay in place.

  • To make napkin valance more permanent and stable, use iron-on hem tape to fuse the napkins together. Place the napkins in an arrangement you like, then attach the hem tape sparingly to the overlap sections. Press with a hot iron. You can also sew a few stitches by hand in the overlap sections.

  • Embellish the valance. For a more formal look, add fringe or tassels to your napkins with a few simple stitches or hot glue. Try buttons or rhinestones for a sassier look. The possibilities are endless.

Tips & Warnings

  • To save money, make your own napkins. These can simply be fabric squares with the edges ironed under. Using these home-made "faux" napkins will save money and increase your design options.

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